Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles along the Great Warpath That Made the American Way of War

Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles along the Great Warpath That Made the American Way of War

by Eliot A. Cohen


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“A brilliant history of our least-known wars on our most-ignored frontier—our northern border with Canada” (Los Angeles Times).

Redirecting our attention from the Civil War to the real conflict that consolidated the United States, Cohen describes how five groups— the British, French, Americans, Canadians, and Indians—fought over the key to the North American continent: the corridor running from Albany to Montreal, known to Native Americans as the “Great Warpath.” He explores how a distinctly American approach to war developed along these 200 miles, reintroducing characters we thought we knew—an admirable Benedict Arnold, a traitorous Ethan Allen, and a devious George Washington. A gripping read grounded in serious scholarship, Conquered into Liberty will enchant readers for decades to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451624113
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 794,784
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Eliot A. Cohen is Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University and founding director of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies. From 2007 to 2009 he was Counselor of the Department of State, serving as Secretary Condoleezza Rice's senior advisor on strategic issues.

Table of Contents

Dramatis Personae xi

Author's Note xvii

Prologue: The Great Warpath 1

Chapter 1 The Schenectady Raid, 1690 17

Chapter 2 Fort William Henry, 1757 41

Chapter 3 The Battle on Snowshoes, 1758 71

Chapter 4 Fort Carillon, 1758 95

Chapter 5 St. Johns, 1775 129

Chapter 6 Valcour Island, 1776 165

Chapter 7 Hubbardton, 1777 197

Chapter 8 Phantom Campaigns, 1778-83 233

Chapter 9 Plattsburgh, 1814 267

Chapter 10 Rumors of War, 1815-71 305

Legacies 337

Abbreviations Used in Notes 343

Notes 345

For Further Exploration 373

Acknowledgments 381

Map Sources 385

Index 387

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